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Chalet Nov'Arcadia


This page (click also on the Maps link for, well, maps) will inform you regarding the Chalet's amenities, its surrounding attractions, the services you can expect to receive from people and businesses in the area, the day trips you might want to make, using Chalet Nov'Arcadia as a focal point, along with some historical notes you might be interested in. Click on any of the following links to take you without scrolling to the appropriate spot on this page.

  1. Amenities list
  2. Surrounding Attractions
  3. Area Services
  4. Day Trips
  5. Historical Notes


Chalet Nov'Arcadia has been well provided with the latest amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The list below will give you an idea of the amenities we have built into the Chalet or supplied as equipment. The kitchen, for instance, has Brazilian granite counters and all the devices and utensils you might want to prepare a gourmet dinner for up to 10 persons. The living room has a large Norwegian tied fireplace. The dining bay has seating for up to 9 persons. Every bedroom has a telephone jack. The bathrooms are fully equipped. An intercom allows you to converse from the living room with visitors ringing the bell at the front or garage door or with family members unloading skis, snowboards or groceries in the garage. But just read on and check the list and, should you find something you would like us to add, just drop us a line at

  • Fully furnished with quality assets
  • Large Living Room with French Doors
  • 4 double bedrooms + sofa bed
  • 2 fully equipped bathrooms
  • 2 half-baths
  • Separate Dining Bay (seats 9)
  • Wet Bar with ice cube maker
  • Full Gourmet kitchen
  • Coffee maker
  • Blender
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Separate Freezer
  • Grill
  • Open beam ceilings
  • Overhanding Galleria
  • Norwegian tiled fireplace
  • Balconies on each floor
  • Flagstone terrace
  • Heated garage and covered parking
  • Radiant floor heating
  • Metered telephones
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite TV
  • Cassette Player
  • Intercom
  • Fax
  • Copy Machine
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Bicycle available
  • Ski storage
  • Heated garage
  • Small garden/grass area
  • Maid service available
  • Linen/Towels
  • Baby bed available
  • Smoking in designated areas
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stunning mountain views
  • Ligh traffic cul-de-sac
  • Pets considered

Surrounding Attractions                          Nearby Services

  • Physician
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospital
  • Petrol Stations
  • Auto dealers
  • Ski repair
  • Computer shop
  • Bakery shops
  • Convenience markets
  • Churches

Recommended Day Trips


Historical and other notes

 Remember, you do not have to drive yourself to a state of fatigue. You are dealing with mountain roads frequented by tourists as well as locals who take them everyday and know every turn, whereas you don't. Let them pass you, they won't mind, after all you're a part of their livelihood. Or, better yet, take the bus. You can do day trips with the bus starting a mere 200 metres from the Chalet. There's a picnic basket in the kitchen above the frig.
The Chalet is situated in the Vella-Obersaxen-Meierhof Ski Arena. Check Maps for further details.  Ski out to the skilifts (about 1,5 km downhill through village) and ski back to the front door (downhill about 2 kms from mid mountain restaurant). Store your skis and other equipment safely in heated garage or rent from store at skilift base or in Ilanz Migros Mall.
Thermal Baths:
about 10 kms from Chalet in Vals. Relax in hot baths. Moderate prices, family fun.
Canoeing, Kayaking, Rafting, Canyoning:
on Upper Rhine at Ilanz, 10 kms from Chalet, through rapids of Swiss Little Grand Canyon (not so little !), Sagogn, Valendas, Trin to confluence with Back Rhine at Reichenau, 12 river kms of white water). Equipment rental in Ilanz. 
Sports Arena:
in Flims 20 kms from Chalet. Skating, Tennis, World Class competitions)
Traditional Swiss, eclectic French and Italian cuisines in restaurants in Morissen (Piz Mundaun), Vella (Trutg, Pellas), Ilanz (Eden, Casutt), Flims (Waldeck), Fidaz (Fidazerhof), Sagogn and many others.  Prices vary but usually count on at least 40 Francs per person (sometimes a lot more).
Shopping Malls:
Migros and Coop in Ilanz 10 kms from Chalet. Modern, well equipped and provisioned, credit cards accepted. Bring your own bags. You're expected to pack them yourself.
The Catholic Parish Church of St. Vincenz at Pleiv, accessible a short distance from the Post Office, was originally the mother church of the Lugnez valley, with a choir from about 1500 and a nave of 1661. A very large painting of a battle scene adorns the north wall. The high altar (1724) is by Johann. Ritz. The Renaissance altar (1630) is by Hans Jakob Greutter. The chapels of St. Sebastian and Rochus was built in 1587 and is a single-aisled church with a triptych by Hans Ardüser of 1601.  The Catholic church of St. Stephan in Cumbels (2 kms) has interesting interior walls paintings dating back to the 16th century. In Ilanz, Reformed parish church of St. Margrethen, s late Gothic building with net vaulting was rebuilt after the fire of 1483, presumably school of Stefan Klain. Vault painting in the nave, 1518. See also the St. Martin Church with trapezoid hall and adjacent tower and antechoir and sanctuary. Built around 1000 but much altered till 1662. In Silgin is the St. Sebastian chapel, altered in 1643 with a façade paintingsdating from the 18th C.
Historical Markers and Towns:
Frauentor:Half-way from Ilanz to the Chalet stands a marker dedicating to the memory of the valley's women who, legend has it, saved the rest of the valley from destruction at the hands of the Burgundian forces, by offering them fruits and other delicacies, thereby delaying them while their poorly armed men and their children took refuge in the upper reaches of the valley's mountains. In Vella (1,5 km), the main square is ringed by substantial houses, including the Schloss Demont of 1666.Ilanz is a town on the Upper Rhine developed from the former estate of the Viktoriden family, Only the Rotes Tor (1715-17) with curved gable and the Obertor, rebuilt after a fire in 1513 have survived, upper storey with roof added in 1717.  On the town side, the arms of the founder, Schmid von Grüneck, and of the Cantons of Zurich and Bern, which assisted in the extension of the town's walls in 1715-17.  On the outside, the arms of the city of Ilanz and the 3 Bünde.  Monastery of St.Joseph, rebuilt by W. Moser in 1969. Casa Gronda, built 1677, with staircase tower.  14th Century wall paintings on tower and interior. Remains of a former keep and defensive tower, which has served as a bell tower since 1438. In Lumbrein, St. Maria Magdalena chapel, built in 1844, containing a late Gothic winged altar by Bernh. Strigel, 1480. Below the street is the residential tower of the Lords of Lumbrein, c. 1200. The upper storey, Blockbau with a shed roof, was probably added in the late 18 C.
Bizarre Monuments and pre-medieval ruins:
The Catholic parish church of St. Maria Geburt and St. Johann in Vrin (17 kms) is a single aisled baroque church dating from 1689-94 with a polygonal choir that is narrower than the nave and side chapels which form a transept. A free standing bell tower, designed by Antonio Broggio, an artist from the Val Mesolcina has a frieze ossuary of skulls and bones visible from the outside of the church. The high altar (1710) is attributed also to J.Ritz. In Lumbrein (5 kms), see the Catholic Church of St. Martin, rebuilt1646, as a baroque single room with narrower polygonal choir, beneath which is an ossuary. Paintings on the choir wall and stations of the rosary by Joh. Rud Sturm, 1661. On the west wall is a painting of the Last Judgment by Nicolas Giuliani, 1664. In Crestaulta, near Surin (6 kms), is a Bronze Age settlement with adjacent burial grounds, 1400-800BC. In Sagogn (12 kms), Bregi da Haida foundation of a 5thC. single-aisle church with annex and Carolingian apse, perhaps the Columban church mentioned in the will of BishopTello in 765.
In Ilanz (10 kms), the Folk museum (ethnography) in the Casa Carniec.  In the hamlet of Sontg Andriu is the baroque St. Andreas chapel, built c. 1660, painted throughout by Joh. Christoph Güserer of Bavaria, 1695.; on the north chancel wall, St. Placifus and St. Sigisburg, and picture of the monastery of Disentis before it was rebuilt. In Laax (16 kms), Heimatsmuseum in the old dairy has an interesting folklore collection.
In Ilanz, Eden, Casutt, Oberalp. In Morissen, Piz Mundaun.
Service/Petrol Stations:
in Vella, Ilanz, Schluein, Flims.
Local Lakes and Rivers:
Cauma See in Flims (20 kms from Chalet - restaurant, swimming), Zerfreila Dam (15 kms - see also Thermal Baths at Vals). The Glenner river drains the Lumnezia Valley and offers many places for hiking,  a picnic or a cool dip. Kayaking and canoeing on the Upper Rhine is a favored holiday activity for all ages.
Italian-Swiss Lakes:
The lakes at Lugano and Locarno are two of the world's wonders of nature. They are both within 90 minutes' drive of the Chalet over the San Bernardino Pass and Tunnel, a thrilling voyage in itself. Located in the heart of the Ticino Canton, the lakes benefit from a Mediterranean climate occasionally tempered with an Alpine breath of fresh air. For a slightly longer drive, visit Como, Italy, and its lakeside villages, take the ferry back to Switzerland.
The 4 Sisters:
Oberalp, Furka, Grimsel, Susten !  From the Chalet to Ilanz, then west over the Oberalp Pass for a taste of what's to come. These "sisters" don't joke: for the intrepid, the drive west from Andermatt, on the western side of the Oberalp, will take you over passes which, but a few years ago, were deemed some of the most perilous for travellers. Today, good mountain roads make the trip relatively safe but still require prudence and skill as they pile switchback on switchback first over the 2431 metres high Furka, then the 2166 m. Grimsel and finally through the 2258 m. often foggy and treacherous Susten. Be sure your auto is in good condition and take warm clothes, blankets, with you.


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